Arthur Bryant's Barbeque
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- Arthur Bryant's BarbequeMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersJul 06, 2014
This place is on a bunch of lists and Food Network shows so of course I had to come. They serve most of the BBQ on white bread. The sauces are on the table. It certainly has character. And it was pretty tasty.
- Arthur Bryant's BarbequeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 13, 2013
Kansas City is famous for its BBQ, and Arthur Bryant is probably the most famous BBQ place in Kansas City. The line waiting for the food can be a bit intimidating, but don't let that you discourage you the food is definitely worth the wait. My favorite is the brisket, but everything I've had is excellentRecommended for:
- Arthur Bryant's BarbequeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Aug 26, 2012
This was the first BBQ spot i went to in KC. I was not disappointed at all. Great slow cooked and smoked burnt ends over white bread smothered with Aurthur Bryants BBQ sauce. A must stop when you are in town.
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- Arthur Bryant's BarbequeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Whenever I visit Kansas City, there's always more steak and BBQ options than time. In my humble opinion (uncalibrated palate and all), there are better smoked meat choices out there than Arthur Bryant's. However, it's a famous place and I have happily made the pilgrimage to this original location and the almost old neighbourhood. I always leave happy and full and with no burnt ends left behind.
This restaurant can trace its descent from Henry Perry, the "father of Kansas City barbecue", who in 1908 began serving smoked meats to workers in the Garment District in Downtown Kansas City from an alley stand. Perry moved to the 18th Street and Vine neighborhood where he sold barbecue for 25 cents a slab from a trolley barn at 19th and Highland. Charlie Bryant worked for Perry and was soon joined by his brother Arthur. In 1940 when Perry died, Charlie and then Arthur took over the restaurant. Arthur himself passed away in 1982.
Bryant moved the business to its present location, 1727 Brooklyn, in 1958. In the 1950s and through the early 1970s, it was visited by fans (including me!) and players heading to the old Municipal Stadium (home of the Kansas City Athletics, Chiefs, and Royals). The stadium was only 5 blocks from Arthur Bryant's before it was torn down in 1976.
My visits to Arthur Bryant's have sometimes been many years apart, and this place basically still looks the same. The decor is casual and its unpretentious decor includes Formica tables, fluorescent lighting, and jugs of sauce placed in the windows. The folks here won't win any awards for table-side manner, but that's not what we're here for is it?